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  • Sessions clashes with Franken over Russia claim: 'Give me a break'

    10/18/2017 1:50:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 73 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 18, 2017 | Brooke Singman
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions publicly and repeatedly clashed with Democratic Sen. Al Franken on Wednesday after being pressed over the accuracy of past testimony regarding his communications with the Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. In one of several testy exchanges Sessions had with Democratic senators during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Franken, D-Minn., grilled the attorney general and suggested his explanations have changed. “The goal post has been moved. First it was ‘I did not have communications with Russians’ – which was not true. Then it was ‘I never met with Russians to discuss any political campaign’ –...
  • Networks Censor Latest Bombshell on Russia/Uranium/Clinton Scandal

    10/18/2017 8:51:26 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 18, 2017 | Geoffrey Dickens
    New revelations that the FBI uncovered a Russian bribery plot before the Obama administration approved a nuclear deal with Moscow, that involved millions of kickback money to the Clinton Foundation, have been utterly ignored the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network evening or morning shows, since the story broke early Tuesday. In fact, the network evening shows have only spent only 3 minutes and 1 second on the Clinton Foundation scandal in more than two years. The latest developments in the Russia/Uranium/Clinton scandal were first reported, on Tuesday, by The Hill’s John Solomon and Alison Spann. On Tuesday’s edition of...
  • With Bribery, Russian Nuclear Officials Made Bill and Hillary Clinton Richer

    10/17/2017 4:10:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    In 2009 Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted more control over U.S. nuclear capability and the Clintons helped him get there. According to a bombshell report published today in The Hill the corruption surrounding the sale of Uranium One when President Obama was in the White House, which overwhelmingly and personally benefited former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, was far worse than we first knew and the FBI documented all of it. Bolding is mine: Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had...
  • How The Soviet Akula Changed Submarine Warfare

    10/15/2017 11:28:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 10/13/2017 | Gary Wetzel
    An Akula-class Russian submarine of the Northern Fleet on the surface. Russian MoD. In late 1984, when the first Akula submarine of the Soviet Navy put to sea, it immediately changed the way anti-submarine warfare would be conducted. With the Akula’s arrival the American submarine fleet would no longer enjoy the dramatic undersea advantages they had possessed since the end of the World War II. The Akula, which is Russian for shark, stunned NATO with its high-level of stealth, especially compared to any Soviet submarine before it. That’s because in the battle for undersea supremacy, silence is the key to...
  • Navy 'Sniper': What's So Special About Russia's New Ka-52K Katran Attack Chopper

    10/14/2017 3:37:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 13.10.2017 | Andrei Kotz
    Russian Helicopters corporation has confirmed that the Ka-52K Katran attack helicopter remains the company's priority project for the Russian Navy, given that it is much better suited to Navy tasks than its Mi-28N and Ka-52 cousins. Military observer Andrei Kotz explains what's so special about the chopper. The Ka-52K, the naval variant of the Kamov Ka-52 Aligator assault helicopter, was originally designed for use aboard the Mistral-class amphibious assault ships ordered by the Russian Defense Ministry in 2010. The compact ship-borne chopper design features folding rotor blades and wings, a specialized life-support system (including immersion suits for crew), and advanced...
  • Check out these Russkies covering Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4" Da! Roll over Lenin and Stalin

    10/13/2017 9:54:59 PM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 69 replies
    youtube.com ^ | Dec.11, 2016 | Leonid and Friends
    Leonid and Friends cover Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4"
  • Germany warns Donald Trump against decertifying Iran deal

    10/13/2017 5:57:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 132 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.12.2017 | amp, dm/bk (Reuters, dpa, AFP)
    The German government has warned the US against withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement. US President Donald Trump is expected to decertify Tehran’s compliance with the 2015 deal in a White House speech at 12:45 p.m. (16:45 UTC) on Friday. “We believe this agreement is an important instrument to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday. “If … an important country like the United States comes to a different conclusion as appears to be the case, we will work even harder with other partners to maintain this cohesion,” he said. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel...
  • Even Pokémon Go used by extensive Russian-linked meddling effort

    10/12/2017 6:06:27 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    CNN fakenews ^ | 10-12-17 | Donie O'Sullivan and Dylan Byer
    Russian efforts to meddle in American politics did not end at Facebook and Twitter. A CNN investigation of a Russian-linked account shows its tentacles extended to YouTube, Tumblr and even Pokémon Go. One Russian-linked campaign posing as part of the Black Lives Matter movement used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Pokémon Go and even contacted some reporters in an effort to exploit racial tensions and sow discord among Americans, CNN has learned. The campaign, titled "Don't Shoot Us," offers new insights into how Russian agents created a broad online ecosystem where divisive political messages were reinforced across multiple platforms,...
  • Modernization Funds Slashed For Russia's Notoriously Rickety Aircraft Carrier

    10/11/2017 6:45:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 10, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Russia's sole fixed-wing aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, returned from Syria late last winter to finally begin a long and supposedly deep refit and modernization that would allow it to serve for years to come. The carrier's overhaul, which had been put off time and time again over the last decade, is said to cost over $800M, and will take nearly half a decade to accomplish. But just as we at The War Zone had concerns about, it seems that Moscow is now significantly reducing the scope of work for the refit due to fiscal considerations, with only about half...
  • How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets

    10/11/2017 4:59:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10-11-17 | NICOLE PERLROTH and SCOTT SHANE
    It was a case of spies watching spies watching spies: Israeli intelligence officers looked on in real time as Russian government hackers searched computers around the world for the code names of American intelligence programs. What gave the Russian hacking, detected more than two years ago, such global reach was its improvised search tool — antivirus software made by a Russian company, Kaspersky Lab, that is used by 400 million people worldwide, including by officials at some two dozen American government agencies. The Israeli officials who had hacked into Kaspersky’s own network alerted the United States to the broad Russian...
  • Russia: The Real Story

    10/10/2017 2:01:46 PM PDT · by detective · 3 replies
    Obama left the country vulnerable to massive Russian hacking. The real story with Russia was not the series of stupid meetings between Trump campaign officials and diplomats who were trying to set them up, playing on Trump’s admiration of Putin. The story that should have been all over the front pages then, and now, is the complete lack of security infrastructure across our government, President Barack Obama’s complete inability to protect the country from cybersecurity threats, and the way Russians were able to easily take advantage of all our vulnerabilities throughout the last eight years to make a series of...
  • How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics

    10/10/2017 8:53:35 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 62 replies
    The New York Slimes, Propaganda Desk ^ | October 9, 2017 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI, Disinformationists
    YouTube videos of police beatings on American streets. A widely circulated internet hoax about Muslim men in Michigan collecting welfare for multiple wives. A local news story about two veterans brutally mugged on a freezing winter night. All of these were recorded, posted or written by Americans. Yet all ended up becoming grist for a network of Facebook pages linked to a shadowy Russian company that has carried out propaganda campaigns for the Kremlin, and which is now believed to be at the center of a far-reaching Russian program to influence the 2016 presidential election. A New York Times examination...
  • Russia reportedly accuses US of pretending to fight ISIS in Syria, Iraq

    10/10/2017 5:01:11 AM PDT · by topher · 8 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 10-Oct-2017 | FoxNews.com
    Russia on Tuesday accused the U.S. of only pretending to fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq to purposely slow the advance of the Syrian army, which is backed by Russia, Reuters reported. The Russian Defense Ministry said the U.S.-led coalition has reduced its air strikes in the region when Syrian forces started to make gains in Deir al-Zor Province in Syria. “Everyone sees that the U.S.-led coalition is pretending to fight Islamic State, above all in Iraq, but continuing to allegedly fight Islamic State in Syria actively for some reason,” Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for Russia’s defense ministry,...
  • Google Removes Russia-Backed Anti-Hillary Clinton YouTubers

    10/09/2017 4:46:37 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 9, 2017 | Ben Collins
    A Russian propaganda account purporting to be run by two African-American video bloggers named “Williams and Kalvin” was taken down by YouTube on Monday. The takedown comes hours after a The Daily Beast report revealed Williams and Kalvin’s Facebook and Twitter pages were pulled in August due to their ties to the Kremlin’s propaganda arm. The account was “terminated for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines,” according to a notice posted on the page. Williams and Kalvin’s videos mostly spouted Russian talking points and inflammatory conspiracy theories about the Clintons, including accusations of Bill Clinton hiding a secret love child. Google, which...
  • “Russia is our friend”(Barf alert)

    10/09/2017 2:56:01 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 16 replies
    Harry's Place ^ | 9th October 2017 | Gene
    Less than two months after the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia, by a white supremacist, a few dozen neo-Nazis gathered in the city for another tiki torch-lit demonstration, with (again) the ostensible purpose of protecting Confederate monuments. The crowd chanted “You will not replace us.” No word if anyone replaced “You” with “Jews,” as many of the demonstrators did in August. And no word from President Trump on whether he considered some of the protesters “very fine people,” as he did in August. I’d be inclined to dismiss the whole thing as a rather pathetic display, but for...
  • Google Finds Accounts Connected to Russia Bought Election Ads

    10/09/2017 1:17:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 9, 2017 | By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI
    SAN FRANCISCO — Google has found evidence that Russian agents bought ads on its wide-ranging networks in an effort to interfere with the 2016 presidential campaign. The findings from an internal inquiry draw Google further into the growing investigation of how social networks and technology services were manipulated by the Russian government to spread misinformation and sow division during the 2016 election. Using accounts believed to be connected to the Russian government, the agents purchased $4,700 worth of search ads and more traditional display ads, according to a person familiar with the company’s ongoing inquiry who was not allowed to...
  • 'Negative consequences' if Trump quits Iran deal: Kremlin

    10/09/2017 9:40:48 AM PDT · by G Larry · 15 replies
    Moscow AFP via Yahoo ^ | 9 Oct. 2017 | Moscow (AFP)
    Moscow (AFP) - Moscow warned on Monday there would be "negative consequences" if US President Donald Trump fails to uphold the landmark Iran nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor.
  • 17 times Dems, Repubs said no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion; 10 times people claimed there was

    10/08/2017 9:21:03 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    SHARYLATTKISSON.com ^ | October 7, 2017 | SHARYL ATTKISSON
    A year after questions were first raised, there’s no evidence that Donald Trump “colluded” with Russia in order to get elected, according to prominent Democrats and Republicans who have reviewed information or received briefings. It’s too early to call it a closed case, because various investigations into Russian influence in the 2016 campaign and links to Trump associates continue. That reportedly includes probes by the FBI, Republican-led congressional committees, and the military. The FBI has largely stayed mum on its work. But President Trump claimed James Comey, as FBI Director, personally told him he was not under investigation. Later, Comey...
  • On Putin's birthday, opposition activists protest, call for him to quit

    10/07/2017 6:34:54 PM PDT · by McGruff · 6 replies
    REUTERS ^ | October 7, 2017 | Vladimir Soldatkin, Jack Stubbs
    Police detained more than 200 opposition activists on Saturday for taking part in a wave of anti-Kremlin protests across Russia in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, ahead of a presidential election in March, a monitoring group reported. Under grey skies and intermittent rain, over two thousand people gathered in central Moscow’s Pushkin Square and chanted “Russia will be free” and “Russia without Putin” before walking towards the Kremlin and parliament. Police briefly detained a few people, but did not charge anyone. It was a different story at rallies in other cities however, and the OVD-Info monitoring group, a...
  • Russia: North Korea to Test Missile It Says Could Reach West Coast of the U.S.

    10/06/2017 5:10:17 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo UK ^ | 10/06/17 | John Haltiwanger
    North Korea claims it has a missile that could reach the West Coast of the United States and plans to test it in the very near future, according to Russian lawmakers who visited the reclusive nation this week.  “They are preparing for new tests of a long-range missile. They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the West Coast of the United States,” Anton Morozov, a member of the Russian Duma’s international affairs committee, told the RIA news agency, Reuters reports.  “In general, [North Korea’s] mood is rather belligerent,” Morozov added. “The situation, of course, demands...